Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) sent out a letter to her Democrat colleagues in the House of Representatives on Sunday stating that she would introduce a War Powers resolution this week to “limit” President Trump’s “military actions regarding Iran.” The resolution will give the president a thirty day deadline to stop hostilities unless Congress authorizes any actions.
Pelosi admitted that the new resolution is in response to the drone killing of Iranian Major General Qassen Soleimani last Friday without telling Congress.
Below is the letter announcing the resolution:
“Dear Democratic Colleague, Last week, the Trump Administration conducted a provocative and disproportionate military airstrike targeting high-level Iranian military officials. This action endangered our servicemembers, diplomats and others by risking a serious escalation of tensions with Iran.
As Members of Congress, our first responsibility is to keep the American people safe. For this reason, we are concerned that the Administration took this action without the consultation of Congress and without respect for Congress’s war powers granted to it by the Constitution.
This week, the House will introduce and vote on a War Powers Resolution to limit the President’s military actions regarding Iran. This resolution is similar to the resolution introduced by Senator Tim Kaine in the Senate. It reasserts Congress’s long-established oversight responsibilities by mandating that if no further Congressional action is taken, the Administration’s military hostilities with regard to Iran cease within 30 days.
The House Resolution will be led by Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin. Congresswoman Slotkin is a former CIA and Department of Defense analyst specializing in Shia militias. She served multiple tours in the region under both Democratic and Republican Administrations.
I greatly appreciate the solemnity with which all of our Members are working to honor our responsibility to protect American lives and values.
Thank you for your patriotic leadership during this difficult time.”
The resolution is likely to be like Sen. Tim Kaine’s (D-VA) on Friday.